Hill & Adamson, 4 salt print portraits
Lot 5
David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson (Scottish) Four portraits, 1840s Each approx. 20 x 15cm (8 x 6in); the study of Mrs Hunter 8.8 x 8.4cm (3 1/2 x 3 1/4in).
Sold for £4,560 (US$ 7,157) inc. premium

Lot Details
Hill & Adamson, 4 salt print portraits
David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson (Scottish)
Four portraits, 1840s
Salt prints, each annotated with the sitter's name in pencil on the reverse.
Each approx. 20 x 15cm (8 x 6in); the study of Mrs Hunter 8.8 x 8.4cm (3 1/2 x 3 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • The group comprises a portrait of D.O. Hill annotated 'by Robert Adamson' on the reverse, a portrait of Mrs Hunter of Thurston, a study of Mrs Anne Rigby and Miss Elizabeth Rigby (later Lady Eastlake) and a portrait of H. McCulloch R.S.A by Hill.

    Literature:
    David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (exh. cat. Scottish Arts Council's centenary exhibition of the work of Hill and Adamson, touring May 1970 - May 1971, curated by K. Michaelson), plate 1 (D.O. Hill), plate 20 (Mrs & Miss Rigby), plate 30 (H. McCulloch)
    Stevenson, S., The Personal Art of David Octavius Hill, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002), p.45, plate 28 (D.O. Hill)

    Stevenson's publication describes the image of Hill as a self-portrait: 'The photograph of Hill draped in a blanket.. is one of two studies for calotypes of the writer and artist in stained glass, James Ballantyne. A calotype of Ballantyne in his own tight jacket and cravat had proved unimpressive.. By examining the pose, lighting and the background of his self-portraits, Hill was able to construct a far stronger portrait of Ballantyne.' (p.45)
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